Monday PM Report from Berea

Mike brings us the scoop from today's session out in Berea. The Browns practiced this afternoon, and Mike brings us news on William Green, a new face as the nickel back, and the Browns predictably playing down a sidelines confrontation last Saturday involving Gerard Warren.

BEREA –William Green practiced Monday but it's not known if he'll suit up when the Browns and Atlanta Falcons play on Thursday.

Green sat out the Detriot game to be with his girl friend Asia, who is pregnant with the couple's second child.

"He's really struggling right now with his wife and the baby," coach Butch Davis said. "He slept probably less than 10 hours in the last three days. I know he desperately wants to be there for the birth of the child. God willing, if that happens before or after the game he'll be able to get in some work."

Green has played sparingly in preseason. He has eight carries for 26 yards. He turned a screen pass into an 82-yard touchdown play against Green Bay.

NEW FACE ON THE NICKEL: With cornerback Lewis Sanders nursing a hamstring injury, look for rookie cornerback Chris Crocker to remain the starting nickel back. Crocker is making a favorable impression. He's been used primarily at free safety but has been projected to play corner.

"I've put a lot of pressure on myself to learn," Crocker said. "They told be to learn free safety and corner. They said to know it all because I'm going to get chances. I know I've made strides. Put me in the game, and I can show them I can be a player."

NO BIG (MONEY) DEAL: Davis downplayed a sideline confrontation between Gerard Warren and Anthony Henry last Saturday. Warren was angry after safety Michael Jameson missed a coverage that allowed Lions receiver Scotty Anderson to break wide open in the end zone for a touchdown. At one point Robert Griffith had to separate Warren and Henry when they became involved in a shouting match.

"It's not an issue at all," Davis said. "I think that guys do get hot. To me all that does is show that it's not a preseason game in their minds. They get frustrated sometimes when someone comes out of coverage and totally blows a coverage."

BUCK UP, BACK-UP: Davis wants to make certain that Tim Couch doesn't lose confidence now that he's been relgated to backup status behind Kelly Holcomb.

"He needs to understand how valuable he is to this team," Davis said. "Having two quality quarterbacks is a huge asset. I know with certainty that there will be a day this year when we're going to need him to win a game. Maybe a lot of games or maybe some games."

ROSTER MOVES: Tight end Jeff Kostrewa has been added to the roster. Kostrewa, who played at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, spent parts of the 2001 and 2002 seasons on Minnesota's practice squad. He played for Berlin of NFL Europe in 2002, catching 15 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown.

The Browns waived defensive lineman Michael Boireau; defensive back Oliver Celestin, offensive lineman Jason Jiminez, defensive back Jermaine Jones and fullback Bob Slowikowski. More cuts will be announced Tuesday when rosters have to be at 65 (excluding exempt NFL Europe players).

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